PhD in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), where he is currently Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Department of Biotechnology-Plant Biology, and co-founder of PlantResponse™. Antonio Molina has served as Director of the Departments of Biotechnology and Biotechnology-Plant Biology at UPM, and as Executive Director of CBGP during the initial four years of this research center.
The “Plant immunity” research group led by Antonio Molina is focused on the characterization of plant immunity mechanisms and their contribution to resistance against necrotrophic fungi. The group is considered an international reference in this area.
Dr. John A. Ryals, PhD
PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas. John Ryals worked in various research and management positions at Novartis Crop Protection and Ciba Geigy. In 1997 he founded Paradigm Genetics, Inc., an early systems biology company. In 2002 he joined Metabolon, Inc. as Chief Executive Officer and President.
For the past 10 years, John Ryals´research interest has focused on developing metabolomics to aid in pharmaceutical drug discovery and development, healthcare and nutrition.
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Nürnberger, PhD
Professor of Plant Biochemistry at the ZMBP, Center for Plant Molecular Biology, University of Tübingen, Germany. His research aims at a deeper molecular understanding of microbial pattern recognition in plant immunity. In particular, his research group works on identifying novel microbial patterns and their corresponding plant pattern recognition receptors. It also studies the molecular basis of damage‐associated immune activation in plants.
He is currently Reviewing Editor at eLife and member of the Senate of DFG (National Science Foundation of Germany) Panel for Collaborative Research centers.
Dr. José Manuel Pardo, PhD
CSIC (Spanish Council for Scientific Research) Research Professor and Director of IRNAS (Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville). José Manuel Pardo is the founder and first coordinator of the Network of Plant Abiotic Stress (REAP), Deputy Manager of the National Program of Biotechnology at the Ministry of Education and Science, and Area Manager of Biotechnology at the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
His active research lines consist of molecular biology and physiology of salt stress in plants, and the study of transport processes of sodium and potassium ions influencing mineral nutrition and tolerance to salinity.
Prof. Dr. Cyril Zipfel, PhD
Dr. Zipfel is the Chair of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and Senior Group Leader at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. He is a recognized pioneer and leader in the field of plant innate immunity and plant signaling. His laboratory is interested in understanding the molecular basis of receptor kinase-mediated signaling, with a special emphasis on plant innate immunity. His group also researches the identification and use of plant surface immune receptors and other receptor kinase to improve disease resistance and other important traits in crops. Dr. Zipfel has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards and research grants.